317. Salvage services by and to Her Majesty's ships.

Officers and men of the Royal Navy, although bound as public servants to perform active services for the protection of British ships, their cargo and the lives of those on board1, may be required to perform such services which are not within the ordinary scope of their duties. In such cases they are entitled to salvage reward for their personal services2, subject to the consent of the Secretary of State3.

No claim for salvage services by the commander or crew of any of Her Majesty's ships may be finally adjudicated upon without the consent of the Secretary of State4, and,